ARCHITECTURE AS A SYNTHESIS OF THE ARTS
This unique collection of lectures introduces Rudolf Steiner’s vision of architecture as a culmination of the arts, uniting sculpture, painting and engraving as well as drama, music and dance – a vital synthesis with the goal of awakening human beings to their task in life.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Steiner’s ideas did not remain abstract. Within his lifetime he designed and constructed a number of buildings, including his architectural masterpiece the Goetheanum, a centre for culture and arts near Basle, Switzerland. In these lectures, Steiner describes – with reference to the Goetheanum – the importance of an architecturally coherent and integrated community, and how this in turn affects social harmony and unity. The visual arts have the task of transforming our consciousness and helping us build a new society. In words highly relevant to our time, Steiner states that good architecture has the potential to prevent crime and disorder in a way that the system of criminal law could never manage!
Relevant to students of architecture, the arts, social science or anyone seeking deeper spiritual understanding, this facsimile edition is illustrated throughout with photos and diagrams and features colour plates and additional supporting material edited by Christian Thal-Janzen.
8 September 2023; Trans. by J. Collis, D. Osmond, R. Raab & J. Schmid-Bailey; Intro. by C. Thal-Jantzen (Eight lectures plus appendices, various cities, 1911–1924, GA 286); RSP; 220pp; 23.5 x 15.5 cm; Paperback;
£22.50 ISBN 9781855840577